ISLAND LIFE Or the Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras Including a Revision and Attempted Solution of the Problem of Geological Climates
Wallace, Alfred Russel
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(London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1911), A HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK ON THE NATURAL DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANISMS Wallace was a contemporary of Darwin and had independently formulated a theory on Natural Selection. Together, in 1858, they wrote ON THE TENDENCY OF SPECIES TO FORM VARIETIES, AND ON THE PERPETUATION OF VARIETIES AND SPECIES BY NATURAL MEANS OF SELECTION, the first printed exposition of the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection. Earlier, Darwin had received from Wallace a paper presenting essentially the same theory that Darwin had been formulating himself. As a co-formulator of the theory of biological evolution Wallace argued that plant and animal species develop throughout organic history. "Wallace focused special attention on the diversity of tropical life forms and became acutely aware of the adaptive relationship between each species and its particular environment: an ongoing relationship that is necessary for survival and reproduction. After amassing empirical evidence from the Malay Archipelago, Wallace wrote ISLAND LIFE in order to document the dynamic relationship between organisms and their climatic habitats. Anticipating our present concern with both endangered species and vanishing environments, Wallace's ecological studies helped substantiate the fact of evolution. This book is an excellent example of long-term research and the far-reaching insights such scientific projects hold for understanding and appreciating the evolving life on Earth." -H. James Birx. Third and revised edition. With a frontispiece map showing distribution of jays in colours and 25 other maps, diagrams and illustrations throughout. 8vo, publisher's bright green cloth ruled in blind and in gilt with multiple fillet lines on both covers, the upper cover with large gilt author's monogram and title in gilt,the spine gilt ruled and lettered. xx, 563pp. A superb copy, very fresh and fine, the cloth and gilt vivid, the text especially clean and tight, a little spotting, very minor, only to the prelims.